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From The Socialist newspaper, 21 October 2020
Socialism 2020: Will you help our finance appeal?
A previous fighting fund appeal, photo Senan (Click to enlarge)
Chris Newby, Socialist Party Fighting Fund organiser
We are asking you to make a financial donation to our Socialism 2020 Fighting Fund appeal.
This appeal is vitally important. The Fighting Fund provides the money for our campaign material - it enables us to get our ideas out to as wide an audience as possible.
Covid-19 and the new economic crisis have dramatically changed the world. The majority of the world's population is paying the price with their lives, jobs and living standards, while the richest continue to increase their wealth.
Workers and young people have not taken this lying down. There have been mass revolts against pro-capitalist governments in a number of countries, and the tremendous Black Lives Matter uprising.
A-level students forced governments U-turns. NHS workers have protested for a 15% pay rise.
Socialist Party members have participated in these struggles, and many more. We put forward a programme for how these movements can win.
In workplaces, Socialist Party members have played an important role in building campaigns that have won improved safety.
We also fight for working-class political representation. Many Labour members have left the party in disgust following the election of Keir Starmer. They are now looking for a political alternative to fight austerity.
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) - made up of the Socialist Party, transport union RMT and others - decided to resume standing anti-austerity candidates in elections, starting next May.
Can you give the Socialist Party £5, £50 or £500? And ask others to donate?
Every donation, no matter how small, will make a difference, and all of it will go to building support for socialist ideas.
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Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal
The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
- The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
- Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
- When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.
In The Socialist 21 October 2020:
Health before profit - Work or full pay
Wales 'firebreak' lockdown fails to protect workers
Liverpool lockdown: suspicion and anger
Newcastle lockdown: stress and breakdowns
Leicester lockdown: disillusionment and anger
Why the Socialist Party is backing Hugo Pierre for Unison general secretary
Nigeria protests: 'This movement needs to fight the whole rotten capitalist system'
Horrific murder in Paris: fight intolerance and racism!
South Africa: Mass day of action for permanent jobs and a living wage
Tories reduce winter homeless funding: reverse the cuts,use the empty homes!
World capitalism's terrified strategists abandon austerity - for now
Test and Trace U-turn on stopping local case reporting
Oxbridge gets private Covid tests: pool resources to test us all!
Millennials disillusioned with 'democracy'
Under the microscope
RMT: Programme to fight redundancies and cuts
Action on Covid transmission in schools now
FCC dismiss Unison activist Tony Smith
Optare workers strike over pay broken 'promise'
Solidarity with Deliveroo Couriers in York
Students: Give us our money back
Fight for your future at the online rally
Southampton: Coxford community condemns racist attack
Socialism 2020: Will you help our finance appeal?
Selling the Socialist: increase in NHS anger
Truth about Zane: Cover-up Tories crack
Kent: Chaotic privatised asylum process
Teignmouth hospital closure threat ... again!
Books that inspired me: For Whom the Bell Tolls
Beware the billionaires bearing gifts
Disabled students let down by "rotten education system"
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